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WING MIRROR BANG: Police scam warning as motorist conned out of cash for damage they did not cause

Updated: Jun 5, 2022

Drivers are being warned by police to be on their guard for a ‘old’ scam where motorists are being conned into handing over money for damage not caused by them.

North Wales Police witnessed an incident in Conwy earlier this week where a man driving a Range Rover became the target for a scam that police are concerned could grow in popularity again.

The scam centres around making the driver think they’ve caused damage to a car after hearing a loud bang moments before the scammers engage with the targeted victim.

A North Wales Police spokesperson said: “An old scam is doing the rounds with an incident yesterday in Pensarn. The 'victim' will be driving along and then hear a bang on the passenger side of their vehicle. A car will then follow behind, get them to pull over and then claim that the victim has struck his driver's door mirror and demand cash for repairs.

“What actually happens is that the scammer is parked at the roadside and will deliberately strike the victims car as it passes. The damaged mirror is fake and wasn't caused by the victim.

“Yesterday's incident involved a male driver with a female passenger in a silver coloured Range Rover.

“If you have any information ring 101 and quote our ref B078072.”


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